The day of the Royal Wedding has finally arrived! Prince William and Kate Middleton will be saying their “I Do’s” in about 3 hours to be exact and the entire world is waiting in anticipation. The web has been buzzing with news and tips on the Royal Wedding and although London’s Westminster Abbey is the ideal place you would want to be during an event like this, many Canadians are celebrating in their own homes.
Tea parties complete with Earl Grey tea served with scones and clotted cream is typical fare for today, but many posh hotels are offering even more!
If you are traveling to the city today and don’t mind waking up bright and early to catch the events on television here is a list of broadcasters and times.
Surrounding the Greater Toronto Area are many events going on during as well as after the ceremony. There are also a few opportunities for the kids to get involved in the festivities later in the afternoon.
- Dundorn Castle on 610 York Blvd in Hamilton (just outside of Toronto)
Celebrate in style at the ancestral home of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall! From 4 to 6 p.m. guests will be able to enjoy royal tea at the Castle.
- Le Méridien King Edward Hotel on 37 King Street East
A full English breakfast is being served at the Soverieign Ballroom during the live telecast from 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. ($65)
- On the Park Events & Conference Centre on 1095 Leslie Street
Doors will open at 5:30 a.m. and a live telecast will broadcast on their five-metre HD screen at 6 a.m. Admission of $25.00 includes horse and open carriage rides, door prizes and a buffet breakfast.
- Windsor Arms Hotel on 18 St. Thomas Street
Today (Friday April 28) from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Windsor Arms Hotel will be offering the full “Royal Experience” consisting of a live telecast, and English breakfast ($125). A Royal Buffet Tea ($60) will be served in the Courtyard Cafe from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A traditional Royal Tea will also be available on Saturday for those who miss Friday’s events.
- Fairmont Royal York on 100 Front Street West
Traditional English afternoon tea will be served along with the live telecast at the Library Bar ($35) or you can hit the Epic Lounge from 5 a.m. onward for $21. The Royal York does require reservations – (416) 860-6949
- Queen Mother Cafe on 208 Queen Street West
Kids will enjoy the yummy treats this cafe has to offer! Friday’s specials include a wedding-inspired menu consisting of chocolate biscuit cake, Prince William’s favorite and one of the two cakes being served at the royal reception.
- The Artful Dodger on 10 Isabella Street
Finish off the day of celebrations with a delicious and traditional roast beef dinner with Yorkshire pudding and a rebroadcast of the wedding. Free cake and a bagpipe salut to the royal couple will be held at 7 p.m.
Photo: Official Wedding photo of Prince William and Kate Middleton as displayed on their wedding program